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What to expect at Google IO – Android VR headset, Nexus, Tango

What to expect at Google IO – Android VR headset, Nexus, Tango

Amongst other oddities at Google I/O 2016, it's time for a Google-made Android VR headset. Not just cardboard, but hardware, running Android. Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality included. This week it's become apparent that more sources - in the software world - have been given a heads up on Google's VR plans for Google I/O 2016. That is, they've been given the go-ahead on getting excited for what may or may not be a thing Google will reveal at their yearly developer conference. So once again we're going to refer to the bits and pieces we've put together over the past few weeks - and months.

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iPhone 7 Pro “photos” show Android’s big chance

iPhone 7 Pro “photos” show Android’s big chance

With Samsung Galaxy S7 sales on the rise, several rendered images mistaken for photos by the press may, indeed, show what Apple's next iPhone competitors will be like. The iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Pro (or iPhone Pro), and the next iteration of the iPhone SE are all shown by top-notch illustrator and 3D modeler Martin Hajek, all based in schematics such as those we saw this morning, coming from accessory makers and anonymous sources of all sorts.

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Flens focuses your phone’s flash into a real flashlight

Flens focuses your phone’s flash into a real flashlight

I do photography for fun, so I'm used to purchasing new lenses to get the shots that I want. It's just something that comes with the territory. These days you can even pick up new lenses for the camera on the back of your phone. But what you may never have considered getting one for is your phone's flash.

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Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016) lands in Germany next month

Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016) lands in Germany next month

German Samsung tablet fans will have a new tablet to check out starting in June called the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016). The tablet has a 10.1-inch screen with a native resolution of 1920 x 1200. It's a thin tablet at 8.2mm thick and weighs 525g making it very portable while still offering lots of screen space. The operating system is Android 6.0 Marshmallow right out of the box.

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Android Auto testing is more sophisticated than you might think

Android Auto testing is more sophisticated than you might think

When hearing about things like Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, you might think it simply involves mirroring Android or iOS to a car's infotainment system, give or take a few functionality deemed to be dangerous or unnecessary for driving. But unlike other iterations of Android, like Android Wear or Android TV, Android Auto has far more dire consequences when implemented poorly. That is why when Nat & Lo took their web series to Google's Android Auto Research Lab, they were met by rather sophisticated equipment, including different kinds of sensors and, of course, a driving simulator.

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Samsung Focus app tipped to land with Galaxy Note 6

Samsung Focus app tipped to land with Galaxy Note 6

BlackBerry 10 moved few people and as a result, not many devices sold for the company, but lots of folks did like the BlackBerry Hub app that was on those devices. BlackBerry Hub is a centralized communication app that allows users to respond to messages and conversations from multiple locations in one place. Rumors have surfaced that Samsung will have a similar app that will debut with the Galaxy Note 6 smartphone called Samsung Focus.

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OnePlus 3 photos leak again, still looks like an HTC One

OnePlus 3 photos leak again, still looks like an HTC One

Sometimes, the problem with putting out a stellar product is making sure that future iterations will live up to the high standards that you yourself have set. Sometimes, starting with the bar at its highest might mean you can no longer raise it further. That is the challenge that OnePlus is facing with its next flagship smartphone. After an impressive OnePlus One and a passable OnePlus 2, the OnePlus 3 will definitely be on the receiving end of much scrutiny and expectations. Based on these leaked photos, OnePlus might have a lot of work still left to do.

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Logi ZeroTouch makes any car connected and hands-free

Logi ZeroTouch makes any car connected and hands-free

Logitech has rolled out a new product for folks who want a connected car without having to trade in their ride on something different. The new product comes in two styles and is called the Logi Zerotouch Air Vent and the Zerotouch Dashboard smart car mounts for Android smartphones. Both of the mounts work with the Logitech voice control app called Zerotouch.

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Bejeweled Stars tries to bring franchise back to glory

Bejeweled Stars tries to bring franchise back to glory

Before there were shiny sweets, there were shiny gems. Before King stumbled upon the winning formula that would eventually become Candy Crush Saga. PopCap Games was already crushing it with Bejeweled, flushing so many hours, some of them at work, down the drain. Now PopCap Games is trying to once again be the king (pun totally intended) of the "match-3" genre of games. This time, however, it is starting with mobile from the get go, releasing Bejeweled Stars on both iOS and Android, and on the same day even.

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Limited edition Jeff Koons live cases bring art to the Nexus

Limited edition Jeff Koons live cases bring art to the Nexus

Smartphones are no longer the utilitarian pieces of electronics that they were nearly a decade ago. For some, they have become a lifestyle choice and even a fashion statement. Despite that, smartphones are still usually designed with somber and subdued colors, sharp edges, and serious looks that remind people of their less than personal function. This is the reason why Google has offered its Live Case selection to give its Nexus devices a more personal touch and this new limited edition Jeff Koons takes personalization to a new, more artistic level.

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Galaxy S7 Active at GFXBench is happily a premium rugged device

Galaxy S7 Active at GFXBench is happily a premium rugged device

Rugged smartphones that could probably (or not) survive an attack by Kryptonians aren't exactly new. Most of the time, however, OEMs have made consumers choose between a compromise. Either their smartphone is so premium that their heart skips a beat whenever it slips from their hand, or their smartphone is built like a tank but also as slow as one. Samsung's "Active" models of its flagship smartphone has been a mix in recent years. Fortunately, it seems that the Galaxy S7 Active will actually combine the best of both worlds.

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Huawei honor v8 puts a lot of focus on its dual camera

Huawei honor v8 puts a lot of focus on its dual camera

Huawei's Honor sub-brand may not exactly be known, especially in the West, for premium grade smartphones, but it is changing that perception with the newly unveiled honor V8. For one, it flaunts some of the highest specs you'd see in an early 2016 flagship. Yes, including at least one variant with a QHD screen. But not only that, it takes after its more high profile Huawei P9 cousin when it comes to cameras. In fact, it seems to use the same dual cameras, with an added trick of its own.

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